Mathematics Major: Concentration in Secondary Education

Admission Requirements for the Mathematics Major

Rigorous high school coursework and strong SAT scores with above average grades in mathematics and computer science courses.

Requirements for a Major in Mathematics

Students must complete a core of six mathematics courses and one computer science class and in addition select one of three concentrations.

Core Courses(24 credits)
MA-200Calculus I4
MA-201Calculus II4
MA-240Theory of Proof3
MA-260Linear Algebra3
MA-310Calculus III4
MA-470Capstone Experience3
Ancillary Course
CS-135Programming for Non-CS Majors3
Total Credits24

MA-200, MA-201 and MA-240 must be completed with grades of at least C- by the end of the sophomore year. A student may only retake any of these courses at most once to increase a grade below C-; and may retake at most two of these courses to increase a grade below C-.

Requirements for the Concentration in Secondary Education

MA-302Probability and Statistics3
MA-340Modern Geometry3
MA-405Abstract Algebra3
MA-360Number Theory3
MA-303Mathematical Modeling3
Three additional credits of mathematics at the MA 290-level or above, to be chosen in consultation with the academic advisor.3
Total Credits18

It is recommended that students planning to take the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL) for high school certification also complete a physics course.

Students are required to meet with their department advisor to review their upcoming semester academic choices. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.

Department of Mathematics: Mathematics Major Concentration in Secondary Education Sample Timeline for Completion of Degree

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
LASC First-Year Seminar (FYS)3
EN-101 English Composition I 3
MA-200 Calculus I 4
CS-135 Programming for Non-CS Majors (QR) 3
LASC LASC Elective (GP)3
 Credits16
Semester Two
EN-102 English Composition II 3
LASC LASC Elective (CON)3
MA-201 Calculus II 4
MA-240 Theory of Proof 1 4
SELECT General Elective3
 Credits17
Year Two
Semester Three
MA-310 Calculus III 4
MA-260 Linear Algebra 3
LASC LASC Elective (NSP)3-4
LASC LASC Elective (CA)3
LASC LASC Elective (NSP)3
 Credits16-17
Semester Four
MA-360 Number Theory 3
MA-303 Mathematical Modeling (or MA Elective) 2,3 3
SELECT General Elective3
LASC LASC Elective (NSP LAB)3
LASC LASC Elective (USW)3
 Credits15
Year Three
Semester Five
MA-302 Probability and Statistics 3
SELECT General Elective3
MA-340 Modern Geometry 3
SELECT General Elective3
LASC LASC Elective (HBS)3
 Credits15
Semester Six
MA-405 Abstract Algebra 4 3
MA-303 Mathematical Modeling 5 3
LASC LASC Elective (ICW)3
SELECT General Elective3
LASC LASC Elective (TLC)3
 Credits15
Year Four
Semester Seven
MA-410 Real Analysis 6 3
MA-3XX+ 7 MA Major Elective3
MA-470 Capstone Experience (WAC) 3
SELECT General Elective3
LASC LASC Elective (DAC)3
 Credits15
Semester Eight
SELECT General Elective3
LASC LASC Elective (QLAC)3
SELECT General Elective3
SELECT General Elective3
 Credits12
 Total Credits121-122
1

DualMath/CS majors may substitute Discrete Math I with permission of department.

2

MA-303 is offered every other Spring.

3

Only one elective is required; it may be taken in either the Spring or Fall.

4

Only one of MA-405 and  MA-410 is required.

5

 If not taken in semester 4.

6

Only one elective is required; it may be taken in either the Spring or Fall.

7

Only one of MA-405 and MA-410 is required.

8

Student should discuss capstone project with advisor during preceding semester.

Once LASC requirements are satisfied, students may select general requirements. Students are required to meet with their department advisor to review their upcoming semester academic choices. A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation.

Students should consult with their advisors about minoring in secondary education.